On Thursday, March 17th, Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA swimming championship, taking the title in the 500yd. freestyle. In so doing, her accomplishment sparked an outpouring of debate around the issue of equity in female sports: whether there are defining lines in an increasingly gender-expressive world and if so, who gets to define them. Is there a safe and fair way to distinguish what constitutes gender with regard to athletic competition? Does the basic human right to claim your own true identity have to be at odds with the necessity of female sports to be considered on their own terms?
After the culmination of our first triathlon camp, one of the campers posted the sentiment that not only underlies camp, but also permeates everything we do at NYX Endurance: this is a team sport. Sure, we each put on our own bib number at a race, but if you’ve never been to a team event, you may not know the extent to which coming together propels us towards feats we may never have known ourselves to be capable of.
This June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which has led to a dramatic increase in the number of women and girls participating in athletics. The progress over the past 50 years is undeniable.
The assessments of Shiffrin’s disenchanting Olympic performances, especially compared to her sterling resume, have elicited questions regarding her impending legacy. If we define legacy through the implied lens of outward assessment based on achievement acquisition, which has almost as much to do with luck and circumstance as it does with skill, isn’t that a rather depressing, if not nihilistic measure of our lives? And do we really care so much about what other people think of us that we’re spending our exquisitely brief earthly existence attempting to control the narrative after we die?
“In order to be able to meet them where they are, I had to look my excuses dead in the face. I had to look really hard at what was holding me back mentally. I knew that if I just pretended it wasn’t so bad, and if I didn’t meet it head on, I knew it was going to continue to hold me back.”
Rhabdomyolysis, or “rhabdo” for short, is a condition caused by damage to skeletal muscle. There are several causes of rhabdo but the main ones pertaining to endurance athletes include exercise, crush injuries, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and hypokalemia.
We focus on the goals that allow us to function at a high level in training and racing. So we need to take seriously the issues of health insurance and, in particular, post-injury insurance when it comes to physical therapy. The stress of injury can cloud our minds and judgment, so I’ve provided five key takeaways you should know about so you can focus on getting back into triathlon.